I’ve seen it a few times now, on some groups’ websites, where they’ll use LGBT and LGBTQ interchangeably. And on their about pages, they spell out their focus: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*.
What is the Q there for for them? Why bother at all? Is it a redundancy limited to L, G, B, T? Is it a tiny self-promotional message of inclusiveness they don’t follow through on? Is it forgetfulness of the wider queer community in wording only, remembered in some places but not others? Is it a sign some may be welcome to participate but not have their issues/identities focused on?
It might refer to “questioning”, but I find that unlikely as whenever people spell out the acronym, queer has precedence, even listed first when there are two Qs.
Even without going and reading such ambiguities, I feel uncertain how welcome I am, as an asexual woman, in any LGBT- or queer-labeled groups, and to what extent.